The Agency of Agriculture is warning homeowners after suspending the license of a North Clarendon exterminator for using a pesticide banned by the EPA.
Agency officials say Cary Buck of AAA Accredited Pest Control sprayed for bedbugs using chlorpyrifos. The EPA banned indoor use of the chemical in 2001.
More than 50 homes in the Rutland area may be affected. The Vt. Department of Health is offering them free lab testing.
Vermont Health Commissioner Harry Chen says high levels of exposure can be dangerous, especially for pregnant women and children.
If you think you have been overexposed to a pesticide, or feel sick after a pesticide has been used in your home, call your doctor or the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.
For more information on chlorpyrifos -- http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/chlorpgen.html
For more information for homeowners on treating bedbugs -- http://healthvermont.gov/prevent/bedbugs/